She’s done it again. For the third year in a row, JCK senior editor Jennifer Heebner has released her much-anticipated and eerily accurate list of jewelry trends for the year. Twelve looks for 2014—everything from specific gemstones to bold colors and styles—can be found here. And for the second year in a row, I’ll be joining her in sharing with you our favorite pieces to go along with each of the 12 trends. So if you haven’t already, check out Jen’s 12 Jewelry Trends for 2014: The Third Annual List of What to Buy, Sell, and Stock in the Year Ahead, and join us as we take this fashionable journey of jewelry!
Trend No. 12: Stud Earrings
It seems odd, how so much can be said of such a simple, small piece of jewelry. But the innocent little stud earring stirs up its fair share of commotion. First, we tire of them (on the red carpet, solitaires are such a disappointment). On the other hand, in real life, we can’t get enough, and we never will.
For those not rocking million-dollar jewels on the red carpet, a simple pair of diamond studs (or CZs) are a jewelry box staple. They add sparkle to any ensemble, and, admittedly, I’ve been impressed by how polished one can look while sporting a pair…even if one is also sporting sweat pants.
Teeny, tiny baubles are a favorite look of late, with delicate, whimsical shapes not only adding something extra to an ensemble but also exuding an air of playfulness. How can a cute little pair of gold anchors not make someone smile?
On the other end of the spectrum are those stud earrings that make a statement. Oversize, blinged out, and completely captivating—not to mention the affinity we (or at least, I) have developed for two-sided stud earring (a la Dior’s Mise en Dior pearls).
The ’80s and ’90s influences have us mixing and matching our earrings now, too. The possibilities are infinite: Wear just one earring; mix a stud in one ear with a drop or ear cuff in another; wear four different studs in each ear, if piercings allow. If you look at stud earrings in the same way as one would a collection of stacking rings, there’s opportunity to make any look a personal expression of style.
So when a customer comes in and says, “Oh, I’m just looking for a pair of studs,” remind her that those just studs will provide a fresh look for a long, long time. Just because they’re small doesn’t mean they’re boring. In fact, they may just be one of the best pieces this industry has to offer.